NEWS RELEASE · 15th January 2013
The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) confirms that it will investigate a recent incident involving the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2012, the VPD attended a residence in response to a complaint. Once there, officers located a 26-year-old male who was reportedly distressed and exhibiting aggressive behaviour. Police attempted to subdue the man in order to transport him to hospital. During the altercation with officers, the man sustained injuries and was admitted to hospital where he remains.
The IIO was notified at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2012. At that time, the extent of the man's injuries was not clear. Over the following days, IIO investigative staff met with the affected person's family and medical team to determine if his injuries met the statutory definition of "serious harm".
On Jan. 10, 2013, upon further review of the information, the Chief Civilian Director asserted jurisdiction. Eleven IIO staff have been assigned, including the Senior Investigator, Affected Persons who will provide support to the man and his family.
The IIO and the VPD are expected to work co-operatively within the terms agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the Chief Civilian Director and B.C.'s police services in July 2012.
No further information is available at this time.